Green cab project claims top award

Posted on: 12/9/2016
Green cab project claims top award

A project to create an environmentally-friendly London black cab which is being led by a hi-tech fuel development business has won an industry award.

The Fuel Cell Hybrid Black Cab programme, which is being spearheaded by Intelligent Energy, of Loughborough, has won The Engineer magazine's prestigious Technology and Innovation Energy Award.

The project will see the introduction of a small fleet of zero emission, fuel cell-powered black cabs onto London's roads by 2012.

The hybrid taxis, which are undergoing road testing, have a 250-mile driving range and a refuelling time of a few minutes, without any loss of passenger or luggage space.

Ashley Kells, programme manager for the Fuel Cell Taxi, who works for Intelligent Energy, said: "We've transformed a London icon into a state-of-the art, low carbon, zero emission vehicle.

"Our fuel cell system is light weight, easy to manufacture and, once produced in volume, will be competitive with conventional engined vehicles.

"We can integrate this automotive fuel cell power system into a wide range of commercial and consumer vehicles, whether in London or elsewhere around the globe."

Dr Henri Winand, chief executive of Intelligent Energy, said: "This award is further proof that fuel cell systems are recognised as a low carbon replacement for the internal combustion engine, particularly for vehicles that drive longer distances.

"These attributes are not only essential for taxis, but also for medium and large family sized cars which account for approximately 75 per cent of CO2 car emissions in Europe alone."

The firm's partners in the hybrid taxi programme are Lotus Engineering, black cab manufacturer London Taxis International and engineering consultancy TRW Conekt.

The project is part funded by the UK Government's Technology Strategy Board.

Intelligent Energy is also developing emission-free motorcycles, cars and aircraft with Suzuki, Peugeot and Boeing.

It also works with Scottish & Southern Energy developing heat and power systems for homes and other buildings.

The firm, which employs 120 people in Loughborough, is to create about 90 jobs after moving to a new £8.5 million factory in Holywell Park this year from Loughborough University's innovation centre.

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